Freak Show Without a Tent

  • by Nevin Martell
  • Narrated by Bernard Setaro Clark
  • 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Fishing for piranhas in the Amazon, getting stoned at Fijian kava ceremonies, and witnessing the ancient ritual of land diving on Pentecost Island is the stuff of National Geographic cover stories - and Nevin Martell’s childhood vacations. His family’s globetrotting took them from the South Pacific to South America and many points nowhere in between. Though their lifestyle choices were eccentric, the locations they visited exotic, and the people they met extraordinary, these escapades are firmly grounded in the trials, tribulations, and tribal rivalries that plague all families. Freak Show Without a Tent is a grandly hilarious memoir-misadventure that is equal parts National Lampoon’s Vacation, Romancing the Stone, and Crocodile Dundee. Woven seamlessly into the stories of exploring the far side of the far side, near-death experiences and gastronomical catastrophes is the story of a young boy coming of age, the evolving relationship between a father and son, and a family discovering its own boundaries. With the honesty and innocence that can only come through the eyes of youth, Martell reveals the symbiosis of interdependence and independence that exist deep within both rainforests and families. To paraphrase a family motto: buy the ticket, take the ride, and hope you survive, so that you can tell your therapist all about it.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A historical memoir of family adventure

If you could sum up Freak Show Without a Tent in three words, what would they be?

Funny, adventurous, charming

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nevin, the stories are told from his ever evolving perspective

What does Bernard Setaro Clark bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brings the characters to life in a way that I couldn't have done alone

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


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- Hans

An interesting, engaging and fun experience.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It was a blast to listen to.

What other book might you compare Freak Show Without a Tent to and why?

On the Road by Jack Keouac because of the interesting travel tales.

Which character – as performed by Bernard Setaro Clark – was your favorite?

The lead.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The final chapter contains an interesting perspective.

Any additional comments?

This is a must-listen for people who love travel and honest experiences of adventure.

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- Jacobhardin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-15-2014
  • Publisher: ListenUp Audiobooks